We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


The Shropshire Union Canal and the River Dee both flow through the centre of the historic walled city of Chester. The medieval streets, magnificent cathedral and dramatic Roman amphitheatre are all memorable sights. The surrounding countryside is also very attractive and ideal for exploring by bike.

General information

Address: Canal Basin, Tower Wharf, Chester, CH1 4EZ

Visit time: full day as part of a visit to the city

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: There is plenty of parking in the city centre

Toilets: There are toilets in the city centre

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Sightseeing


Historic Roman city of Chester, Chester racecourse, Chester Zoo, Northgate locks, River Dee, Blue Planet Aquarium

Spot a boat

A good place to spot boats in the summer


Boat trips

Picnic spot

Picnic benches can be found in Chester Basin


  • Round town walks

    Walking routes around the city, details available from the tourist information centre


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens